TransRockies Quest 888

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TransRockies Quest 888 (Quest #8)

  • 6 months (May to October 2013)

  • 10 trail running, mountain biking, road running and road biking events

  • Completing over 888 race kilometres

One down and nine to go. At 6.03pm on Thursday May 2nd Aaron McConnell from TransRockies Events Inc. blew the whistle and a group of "Chasers" headed west, from the East Village Plaza in Calgary, along a path by the Bow River. Three minutes earlier a much larger group of "Skirts" had headed off in the same direction. This was the Skirt Chaser 5km, the first event in my 8th Quest; TransRockies Quest 888. There are a total of ten events from May to October and my quest is to complete all ten, covering over 888 race kms.

This first event had stirred up some controversy. There were comments on Twitter and Facebook expressing the opinion that it was sexist and demeaning to women and even the CBC got in on the act. I asked Sue what she thought and she said the negative comments were a load of nonsense, that it was just a bit of fun and people should lighten up. I asked her how I should pace myself for the race and she told me to run as fast as I could but treat it like a fishing trip: Catch and Release.

I arrived at the East Village Plaza start area and met up with Aaron and Jonathan from TransRockies. They said that the media had been buzzing around earlier but had headed off before the start of the race. Aaron mentioned that 160 individuals had signed up and of these, 120 were women. I was in the "Chase group" and ran one of my fastest 5kms in years. Around the finishing area, everyone was laughing and joking and having a great time. I'm sure for a number of runners it was their first 5km. Way to go.

So Quest #8 has begun. The next event is Rundles Revenge in Canmore on June 22nd and 23rd. This involves a 100km mountain bike on the Saturday followed by a 50km trail run on Sunday.  Interested in joining me for one or more of the events? Then check out TransRockies at http://transrockies.com/ .

As with all my Quests, I'm raising money for the children's charity Right To Play. During the TRQ888 we hope to raise $25,000 and with matching donation of $3 to every $1 raise $100,000. When children play the world wins.

Quote of the Day

"I can live with disappointment but I can't live with regret"

Andre Agassi

TransRockies Quest 888: 6 months, 10 events, 888 race kms.

TransRockies Quest 888

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